Why Michael Fassbender’s ‘Macbeth’ promises to be one to watch

Thursday we got the first peek at director Justin Kurzeland’s version of and”Macbeth,and” starring Michael Fassbender as the deadly king and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard as his ambitious wife.
From the two minutes in the official teaser trailer, you can only tell so much, but clearly, Kurzel is putting together a visually powerful production that stays true to Shakespeareand’s gory play.
The film wonand’t be released in Britain until Oct. 2 — a US release date hasnand’t been announced — but it was trending all day on Twitter.
Purists should be encouraged to hear that Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt is already excited about the movie. and”The trailer looked great,and” he said. and”Iand’ll definitely see the film.and”
The Pulitzer Prize-winner went on to say, and”The trailer seems in touch with several features that make the play attractive to contemporary audiences: lots of blood and gory battle scenes a strong, erotically charged relationship at its center an intense interest in the costs of masculinity a way of imagining the link between sex and violence.and”
Greenblatt, who wrote a best-selling biography of Shakespeare called and”Will in the World,and” also notes that the filmmakers seem to understand the cinematic quality of what superstitious theater people refer to as and”the Scottish playand”: and”Shakespeare virtually invented … the horror movie,and” he said. and”Notice the way that Fassbender smiles when he says his mind is full of scorpions.and”
Ever the Harvard professor, Greenblatt is already thinking about the subtle shifts in Kurzeland’s version: and”In the play that Shakespeare wrote, Macbeth asks, andlsquoIf we should fail?and’ and his wife answers, andlsquoWe fail?and’ In the trailer, Cotillard says, andlsquoWeand’ll not failand’ (with an emphasis on the not). It would take some work to tease out the meaning of the apparently simple change in the script, but I think it tells us something about the nature of this adaptation.and”
Kurzel is following in the bloody footsteps of two of the greatest 20th-century filmmakers: Orson Welles, who produced a version of and”Macbethand” in 1948, and Roman Polanski, who released his own in 1971. (c) The Washington Post 2015

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman